Whenever I ask others for their top three fine dining restaurants in Louisville, La Chasse, 1359 Bardstown Rd, is almost always mentioned – quite a feat for a restaurant open just three years, and yet, I had somehow not been there.
La Chasse, translated from French means “the hunt,” and owner Isaac Fox says while they have featured hunted game like wild boar, rabbit, duck or elk on the menu, he considers their hunt to be for the freshest ingredients and the hunt for perfection. After attending the Maker’s Mark dinner Monday with a menu by new Executive Chef Kristina Dyer and drink pairings by Fox, I’d say they nailed it.
The five-course menu was chosen from the elements required for the Maker’s Mark bourbon featured in the cocktails each course was paired with: Corn, Water, Yeast & Wheat, Char & Wood – and finally the finished product, bourbon. Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis was there to speak a few words, as was Distillery Diplomat Thomas Bolton, who said he had the idea for this kind of dinner six years ago and brought it up a few months ago when Fox said he wanted to do something challenging.